Assam Forest Officer Arrested – Caught with Tiger Skin, Money and Jewelery

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DFO of Assam’s Dhemaji district Mr. Mahat Chandra Talukdar, the divisional forest officer , was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Assam Police while caught red-handed accepting a bribe of Rs. 30,000.

Animal parts like tiger skin, deer skin and elephant tusks along with Rs. 3 crore in cash and one kg of gold jewellery also recovered during a raid at his official residence in Dhemaji and another house in Guwahati,Assam.

Refering to The Daily Pioneer quoted ACB officials as saying that Talukdar was first arrested for accepting a bribe from a businessman and subsequently the officials conducted a raid at his two residences in Dhemaji and Guwahati from where they recovered Rs. 62,25,420 and Rs. 4,27,000, respectively.

While his secured locker can not be opened by Officials but they could recovered animal parts like tiger skin, deer skin, elephant tusks and other parts along with Rs. 2 crore cash and one kg of gold jewelry from Guwahati residence.

“We have produced him in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) on Tuesday and sought him in three days’ remand,” the daily quoted a senior ACB official as saying.

According to The Indian Express report that cases have been registered against Talukdar under Sections 7, 13(1) and 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

He had also set up at least 11 check gates in the forest to collect cash from trucks and other vehicles for legally or illegally carrying forest produce.

After Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced the closure of these gates, Talukdar collected money by “seizing” the vehicles and confining them in the divisional forest office.

CM Sonowal was quoted by the Daily Pioneer as saying that his government is committed to follow corruption-free practices and that action will be taken against DFO Talukdar.